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An Internationals Guide to Getting a job at a US Summer Camp

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What Happens Next?

Once you've got a contract with a camp, expect to spend a lot of time getting prepared, and filling out more paperwork, covering everything from travel arrangements, to your Visa processing (which has become even more complicated since 9/11).

Many camps will send you an information pack, detailing what to expect from your summer, and what to bring with you to the States. Some will put you in touch with returning staff members, or will direct you to an internet message board or email list for staff, where you can ask all your burning questions of returning counselors as well as other newbies like yourself.

Most summer camp programmes begin around early to mid-June (including a week's orientation), and run through mid to late August. Your visa will allow you to travel in the USA for at least a month, following the end of camp.

Finally, a few friendly warnings ;-) Working as a Camp Counselor is enormously fun, enormously rewarding, and an eye-opening experience. However, expect to work incredibly hard, to work very long hours (with one day off a week if you're lucky), and don't expect to make your millions! You will have to share your surroundings with many other people, to be constantly 'on duty', to follow a structured daily routine, and to get used to camp food ;-).

However, I guarantee it will be one of the most memorable and rewarding summers of your life. It will change the way you see the world (and yourself), and you will make a bunch of new best friends for life!

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